Announcement: bilingual essay contest for rural Chinese students
While Chinese education has experienced rapid development in the past decade, there are numerous challenges, which caused people to call education to be one of the “three mountains (healthcare, housing, and education)” that lie before ordinary Chinese. The media, however, are filled with voices of cynicism and pessimism, or groundless praises from vested interest groups who are anxious to maintain the status quo. Key stakeholders, especially students, are tragically underrepresented or even voiceless as China stands at the crossroads of her educational reform.
Foolsmountain, a group blog by overseas Chinese and international friends, hope to give voice to these underrepresented students in the ongoing dialogue about Chinese education. We hope to use an essay contest to let students express their expectations of education. We would also like to share with our readers authentic stories about Chinese education.
This contest, broadly titled “Voices of Change: Educational reform I’d expect”, is aimed chiefly at high school students in rural areas in China. Participants have unlimited choices in the ways they tell their stories or share their perspectives, as long as they can keep the essay within 1,500 words. We do not welcome entries that serve only to vent dissatisfaction, or praises that do not contribute to the improvement of the system. Rather, we look for original thoughts and constructive suggestions, or perceptions of what education “should be”, as compared to what “it is” . Participants can submit their articles in either English or Chinese, and prizes will be given for both categories.
How to Participate:
If you are a high school student in or from rural China, we look forward to hearing your underrepresented voices through these articles. Please submit your entry by email to email@example.com. The deadline is February 14, 2010，Chinese New Year. Prizes will be announced on February 28, 2010, the Chinese Lantern Festival.
Please include your real name and contact information. Photos of yourself and your school are also welcome but not required. We will not disclose your contact information, but we may publish your article, your photo(s) and/or your school’s photo(s). By participating in this competition, you agree to grant Foolsmountain and our sponsoring media the right to use or quote from your contributed articles and photos.
If you are a reader who may know of schools or students that could benefit from this competition, please pass on our announcement. Your help is greatly appreciated.
In either of the two categories, three prizes will be given:
1st prize: RMB1500.00
2nd prize: RMB1000.00
3rd prize: RMB500.00
Finalists’ articles will be published in the Foolsmountain blog as well as our partners’ web sites (if applicable).
Foolsmountain is a group blog not affiliated with any organizations. It was set up by overseas Chinese who share a passion to improve China by learning from best practices around the world, and a desire to tell the Chinese story to the rest of the world. Our unique voices and even-handed approach to Chinese issues have brought us to the attention of numerous readers around the world, as well as major international media such as the Guardian of UK. Though we are still searching for better ways to improve the blog and increase our impact, our current posts have already played a small role in reducing stereotypical profiling of China in western media, and have contributed to a more in-depth understanding of China and its issues from readers who use us as an alternative source of information. This contest is part of our effort to increase the exposure of ordinary Chinese to the rest of the world.
This contest is generously supported by donations from patrons of this web site. Each cent you donate to this contest will be used towards giving voice and practical assistance to under-represented and underprivileged students in rural China. We still welcome your donations to this effort. You may send your contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org if using paypal or click on the Amazon link on the sidebar so we can receive a referral fee if you make a purchase. Please visit our store/donation page for more options and details.
如果您是来自农村的高中学生，我们希望通过这些文章，听到您的声音。您的文章可用电子邮件方式提交给essay@foolsmountain.org. 也可用传统邮件方式，交给合作媒体。截止日期为2010年2月14日，农历新年。 我们将在2010年2月28日元宵节公布获奖名单。
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